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Verstappen becomes the youngest driver to win F1 race at Spanish GP

Snapshot: Max Verstappen snubbed Sebastian Vettel to become the youngest driver in the history of the F1 to win a race at the Spanish GP.

Well, it's official! All the talent Max Verstappen was showing ever since his debut has finally won him an accolade so rare, that hardly anyone could beat this, especially with the new rules in place. Verstappen has become the youngest race driver in the history of the Formula 1 to win a race at the young age of 18 years and 228 days racing at the 2016 Gran Premio de Espana Pirelli or Spanish GP.

With this win, Vesrtappen also helped Red Bull achieve podium after long, beating both the Ferraris to acquire the first spot. For the whole season it had been a fight between both the Mercedes to acquire the podium, but an early and suspicious collision left both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton out of the race, losing some important championship points.

Being the first Dutch to stand at the podium, Verstappen said he too was struggling to take in his accomplishments. "It feels amazing. I cannot believe it," he said. "It was a great race. I have to say thanks to the team for making such a great car. To win straight away in the first race is an amazing feeling.” Verstappen is two years and 210 days younger than the previous youngest winner, Sebastian Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari gave a tough challenge to Max in the closing stages, but couldn't really passed him and took second spot. His teammate and the former youngest F1 race winner, Sebastian Vettel came at the third spot after facing stiff competition from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. Due to deflated tyre, Ricciardo had to settle for the fourth spot.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas came fifth behind Daniel, followed by Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz on the sixth spot and Force India’s Sergio Perez on the seventh. Williams’ Felipe Massa, McLaren’s Jenson Button and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat finished eighth, ninth and tenth respectively to finish the top ten of the Spanish GP 2016.

Fans and analysts are saying that without the Mercedes, the race came alive. Nico Rosberg continues to lead the championship with 100 points, while Hamilton drops to third on 57 behind Raikkonen on 61. In the constructors’ table, Mercedes still leads with 157, Ferrari on second spot with 109 points and Red Bull is on third with 94 points.

Click here to know the previous race results!

Race Result-

DRIVER

COUNTRY

TEAM

TIME

POINTS

MAX VERSTAPPEN

NED

RED BULL RACING

1:41:40.017

25

KIMI RÄIKKÖNEN

FIN

FERRARI

+0.616s

18

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

GER

FERRARI

+5.581s

15

DANIEL RICCIARDO

AUS

RED BULL RACING

+43.950s

12

VALTTERI BOTTAS

FIN

WILLIAMS

+45.271s

10

CARLOS SAINZ

ESP

TORO ROSSO

+61.395s

8

SERGIO PEREZ

MEX

FORCE INDIA

+79.538s

6

FELIPE MASSA

BRA

WILLIAMS

+80.707s

4

JENSON BUTTON

GBR

MCLAREN

+1 lap

2

DANIIL KVYAT

RUS

TORO ROSSO

+1 lap

1

ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ

MEX

HAAS

+1 lap

0

MARCUS ERICSSON

SWE

SAUBER

+1 lap

0

JOLYON PALMER

GBR

RENAULT

+1 lap

0

KEVIN MAGNUSSEN

DEN

RENAULT

+1 lap

0

FELIPE NASR

BRA

SAUBER

+1 lap

0

PASCAL WEHRLEIN

GER

MANOR

+1 lap

0

RIO HARYANTO

INA

MANOR

+1 lap

0

ROMAIN GROSJEAN

FRA

HAAS

DNF

0

FERNANDO ALONSO

ESP

MCLAREN

DNF

0

NICO HULKENBERG

GER

FORCE INDIA

DNF

0

LEWIS HAMILTON

GBR

MERCEDES

DNF

0

NICO ROSBERG

GER

MERCEDES

DNF

0

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